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Dr. Flavius Killebrew, Immediate Past President of A&M-Corpus Christi, Granted President Emeritus Status

February 17, 2017

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Even after retiring from his position as President and CEO of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in December 2016, Dr. Flavius Killebrew is still receiving awards for his service to the Texas A&M University System. In a Texas A&M System Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 9, Killebrew was bestowed the title of President Emeritus for his lifetime of achievements in education and the advancement of scholars.

“I would like to thank Chancellor Sharp and the Board of Regents for this recognition of my service to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the A&M System,” said Killebrew.

Killebrew began his career in the A&M System 44 years ago as a professor at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. He quickly rose through the ranks and achieved status of Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs. In January 2005, Killebrew assumed presidency of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and during the 12 years he served the Island University, enrollment grew from 7,823 students to more than 12,000 students and the University became the premier institution of higher education in the Coastal Bend. He also implemented the University’s Momentum 20/20 Strategic Plan, which put the Island University on the path to attaining Emerging Research University status.

Killebrew initiated 19 new degree programs, including six new doctoral programs and two bachelor’s degrees in engineering, and was instrumental in expanding distance education opportunities for A&M-Corpus Christi students. He also secured land from the City of Corpus Christi for the expansion of the campus off Ward Island and played a crucial role in attaining one of six Federal Aviation Administration sites for testing and research on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace.

“Dr. Killebrew provided visionary leadership that led to key milestones in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s history,” as stated in the A&M System Board of Regents meeting agenda. “With this award, we would like to express our appreciation for the outstanding leadership he has shown.”